PORT DOVER , ON- The Reise Family Foundation has stepped forward with a gift of $5,000 in support of the Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover. Lighthouse’s mission to commission, develop, produce, and present high-calibre professional theatre with a focus on Canadian comedies, stories and artists resonates with the Reise Family Foundation which values fostering the growth of individuals and supporting organizations that spread care and compassion in their communities.
Established by the late Leo and Geraldine Reise as well as their three sons, Leo G, Charles and Norman, the foundation funds individuals and projects in sports, education, health, and the arts. Leo and Geraldine knew the value of education was paramount, health research studies need to be championed, and sports and the arts are integral to fostering personal growth. The Foundation is now managed by the three sons and their grandchildren who are proud to continue the legacy of giving, each bringing causes close to their hearts to the table for consideration.
The Reise family are long-time summer residents in Port Dover’s Buck’s Park and have been supporting Lighthouse Festival from its start in 1980 through donations and season subscriptions. The foundation is proud to make this gift in memory of Leo and Geraldine and recognize the important contribution to the arts, culture and growth opportunities that Lighthouse Festival brings to Port Dover, especially the youth programming offered through the Young Company.
As Lighthouse plans for its 43rd season, they are thrilled and grateful to receive this support from the Reise Family Foundation. As an arts leader in the community, Lighthouse strives to provide an inclusive space for everyone who is interested in being a part of live theatre. The Young Company program offers youth aged 11-17 a three-week camp experience working with professional theatre staff and crew culminating in an eight-performance run on the stage in Port Dover.
The Reise Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation established in 2017 to formalize their families’ philanthropic efforts and continue the Reise legacy of living and caring for perpetuity. More information can be found on the foundation website at www.reisefamilyfoundation.com